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Are You Crazy Enough to Make Things Happen?

Are You Crazy Enough to Make Things Happen?

You want to make something happen. More money. More muscle. A more meaningful life.

If you’re to have any hope of arriving at your goal, you first need to get into the right mindset. Only then can correct actions follow.

And the mindset you want to cultivate is not one of “reasonable expectations” or Zen-like tranquility. It’s one of crazinessOf genuine desperation.

The great Samurai general Lord Naoshige, whose story and sayings are found in the timeless Hagakure, put it simply:

“The Way of the Samurai is in desperateness. Ten men or more cannot kill such a man. Common sense will not accomplish great things. Simply become insane and desperate.”

Only a crazy person is audacious enough to brave the many obstacles that lie in the way of achievement. Only a truly desperate person can defeat the people that fight back–that don’t want to give up any territory to the new kid on the block.

Lord Naoshige’s words are just as true today as they were 400 years ago.

Modern “common sense” says that you shouldn’t work too hard. That you shouldn’t become too obsessed with a goal. That you should release yourself from the burdens of desire and pursuit and just be thankful for what you have.

These philosophies are quickly embraced by the more “well-adjusted” members of society. You know, the “normal” folk that are, on average, 23 pounds overweight, that watch 34 hours of TV per week, and that have over $100,000 in debt and less than $4,000 in savings.

Well, call me boorish, but I’m not really interested in their advice. Those types of platitudes don’t sound like common sense to me. They sound like admissions of defeat. Justifications for weakness.

I’m of the mind that life is meant to be lived. That it’s an action, not a state of mind. And if we’re going to get into action, we’d better be going somewhere worthwhile. And that only the crazy ones actually make it to the places worth visiting.

What’s crazy?

Crazy is working twice as much as everyone you know. Crazy is waking up at the crack of dawn to get in your workouts. Crazy is practicing that skill for thousands of hours. It’s pursuing that goal that others don’t believe in and taking risks they can’t face.

What’s desperation?

Napoleon said that “death is nothing, but to live defeated is to die every day.” That’s desperation. It’s the feeling that you must not be beaten. That everything is on the line. That only an “all-in” commitment is appropriate and that the only excuse for failure is simply a failure of will.

So, what would you like to make happen? Well, what are you waiting for? The clock is ticking. To quote from the Hagakure again:

“Death seems a long way off. Is this not shallow thinking? It is worthless and is only a joke within a dream…. Insofar as death is always at one’s door, one should make sufficient effort and act quickly.”

It’s time to decide. Are you crazy enough to make things happen? Are you desperate enough to see them through?

Do you agree it takes a bit of craziness to make things happen? Have anything else you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Another awesome article, this type of article gets me chomping at the bit every time. Well, luckily, I don’t have the debt, spend almost all of my time reading or educating myself, the only bit I am missing (well probably not the only one) is to work like a madman until I make the progress I so crave.

    Mike, did Chad write this article? I see his bio box but your name at the top. Eaither way, you both write some amazing stuff, I love the way you ar treating physical and mental prowess as two inextricably linked components of health, wealth, strength and resilience. I love it!!!


    Steve Reed

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! It sounds like you’re on the right path. Nose to the grindstone with you. 😉

      No, I wrote it. That was an accidental copy/paste mistake from me, haha.

  • Eric Farto

    Such a well-written and valuable article! 🙂

    Well, I totally agree with this statement that you need to be crazy to make things happen! Getting out of the comfort zone.. I think that without struggle, there’s never gonna be any progress in any areas in our lives.

    There’s a video I watch every single day, and it reminds me all the efforts I need to make day by day.. The name is ‘How big is your appetite for success?’

    Thanks for the article!

  • Sara

    Well timed article. Prepping for my first show as a novice competitor, and it was a last minute decision. Definitely feeling the desperation to fine tune the machine for show readiness. Good read.

    • Michael Matthews

      Nice! Let me know how it goes!

  • Excellent article Mike!

    From my own experience I can say that you’re 100% correct on everything you say above.

    How can I say this?

    Because half a year ago, I was nearing the end of my military service, I had no job other than to go back to being a car mechanic after I’d return to civil life, and I had this feeling at the back of my head that I’d be fixing cars for the rest of my life.

    But I hated that feeling. I could say that I was ‘desperate’ as I really didn’t want to end up there.

    So what I did was something that I still to this day can’t believe.

    I opened a blog where I started writing bunch of stuff about natural testosterone optimization (which is the only thing I’m extremely good at). I had no experience in coding or making any websites, English isn’t even my main language and in all honesty, I’m a terrible writer. Even in my own language!

    I just learned how to write blog posts and all that stuff from other blogs, and then I just wrote an article each day.

    Fast forward to this day, and the blog makes around 4,000-5,000 dollars a month from affiliate income, and I actually enjoy writing it.

    I can’t even believe it myself yet, as it all happened so fast.

    All thanks to the fact that I was CRAZY enough to do it.

    I presume you’re crazy too Mike? 😀

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! And very well done on what you’ve achieved! That rocks.

      Haha my friends say I’m just a robot. That counts right? 😛

  • Juan Acevedo

    Nice article sir!

    Juan Acevedo

    • Michael Matthews


  • marsa

    hey dear mike,
    nice article as always. I’ve been in hard situation for 2 years.I started my job happily and hoped i would be successful. but the more effort i made the less result i got.I coudn’t leave it cause I was scared and just got happy with minute things.now after 2 years I’m depressed but not scared any more.so I want to leave my job.may be something better is waiting for me.i’m hopeful about that.I want to trust God.may he helps all of us.
    thanks for every thing Mike!

    • Michael Matthews

      It sounds like you’re in a good place to move on to something better. Good luck!

  • Troy Murray

    GAME ON!!!!

    • Michael Matthews


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  • Olivia Meiners

    So true… I know I’m crazy enough. lol!
    Thanks for this article! 🙂

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